The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and it is time for Summer Reading! Whether you’re lounging on an Adirondack chair under a shady tree, or relaxing on a beach blanket in the sand, summer presents the wonderful opportunity to enjoy books in a relaxed and leisurely setting.
The North Shore High School English 10H teachers are eager to share that experience with you. They, therefore, present three intriguing choices for your Summer Reading assignment.
While most students prefer purchasing their books, copies will be available in the North Shore High School Library, and both the Sea Cliff and the Gold Coast Public Libraries. You can even download eBook versions!
The assignment will be graded as a formal first quarter assessment at the end of September (rubric attached).
Select one of the works below. Read the text and complete the graphic organizer task described on the next page. You will be given an additional assignment shortly after school begins, and you will be permitted to use this graphic organizer work for assistance.
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen: “In a remote Hertfordshire village, far off the good coach roads of George III's England, a country squire of no great means must marry off his five vivacious daughters. At the heart of this all-consuming enterprise are his headstrong second daughter Elizabeth Bennet and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy — two lovers whose pride must be humbled and prejudices dissolved before the novel can come to its splendid conclusion.” (Amazon.com)
Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez:A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister…..Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society—not just a pair of murderers—is put on trial. (Penguinrandomhouse.com)
In Our Time, by Ernest Hemingway: Hemingway’s “language is fibrous and athletic, colloquial and fresh, hard and clean; his very prose seems to have an organic being of its own…. He looks out upon the world without prejudice or preconception and records with precision and economy, and an almost terrifying immediacy, exactly what he sees…. The items which make up the collection of "In Our Time" are not so much short stories, in the accepted meaning, as preludes to a mood, composed with accurate and acute finesse to converge in the mind of the reader.… The first five stories are linked upon the personality of one Nick. In the seventy pages or so, Nick, his father a doctor, and his hypochondriacal Christian Science wife, his uncle, his friend, his first love affair, his fishing expeditions and his casual adventures serve to give a unique and unmistakable portrait of a growing boy in a Michigan backwoods settlement…. Mr. Hemingway can make the reader see a trout lying on the pebbles of a clear, swift, cold stream. He can show you the four-cornered mouth of a grasshopper and the sudden, disconcerting spurt of "tobacco juice" over the restraining fingers. He can call up a whole bullfight, indeed an entire civilization, in a curt epigram. He can present the life and the preoccupations about a race course – the horses, the jockeys, the touts, the bettors.” (adapted from The New York Times)
Select two themes that you want to follow throughout the work.
For each of the themes, find five textual examples (passages).
You will have a total of 10 responses.
For each passage you select, explain how it relates to your chosen theme.
To go from topic to theme, answer the question: What is the author saying about the topic?
An example (from Romeo & Juliet)
Topic: extreme passion
Theme: People should not allow themselves to be carried away by extreme emotions.
Example from the Text
Analysis: How does the example connect to the theme?
Act II. scene vi. 9-11.
Friar Lawrence: “These violent delights have violent ends /
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder /
Which, as they kiss, consume.”
Friar Lawrence is warning Romeo against getting swept away by the intensity of his emotions for Juliet. Through a simile, he cautions Romeo that these extreme emotions can be destructive. Friar Lawrence exposes the paradox when he identifies the “delights” of love yet cautions Romeo against the inherent “violent ends” of such pleasures.